Cher and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend our MAF managers conference in Turkey a while back and it was a real treat in many ways. We were outside of Antalya on the Mediterranean Sea. It was a beautiful setting up against some amazing mountains that ran down to the water. Pine trees and pinnacles, snow and sand. It was an unexpected pleasure. Being with many old and new friends from all over the world was also great. We found out that Perga and Antioch were not far off and we were in what was Pamphylia and Galatia in the Bible in the area where Paul was on his first missionary journey. The whole area was steeped in generations of history.
As we got into our room and settled in for our stay, I opened the desk drawer and found a little sticker that had a circle on it and a little green arrow like a compass heading. No real explanation but after a few seconds I twigged to the reality of where I was and knew instinctively that it was a compass heading for Mecca. As I thought of what all this meant and how it was to orient a person to his new surroundings, I was struck by the importance of this lesson from our Muslim friends. To know which way I was to orient my life in this world. Sometimes it is necessary to do this numerous times in the day. I don’t need a compass heading per say but I do need to reorient my direction of thought to what is important, who I serve, who is ultimately in control. There is a peace in that. It reminded me of being with my African trackers who always seem to know which way is home as if they had a built in compass. No panic of getting lost. When God is everywhere all the time and he loves us, then living in that wonderful truth changes our peace of mind level radically and is something worth orienting yourself to many times a day till you live in the reality of it. That is a habit worth developing!
Cher and I had a chance to go into the “old town” to the Bazaar and shop around. We love oriental carpets and enjoyed the art of it all. Turkey was full of good surprises for us. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.